Professional Development Services for Arts Integration

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Performing Arts Residencies 

ELA + Dramatic Arts Integration

We are seeking 3 schools in L.A. County to expand our model for Co-Lateral Professional Development.

  • Direct instruction for students

  • Concurrent professional development for teachers

Educate the Whole Child is an initiative of the Myrin Institute, an operating foundation. For the past five years, we have been piloting multi-intelligent professional development programs, artistic residencies and instructional materials in Manhattan, the Bronx and Los Angeles.

At PS 62 in the Bronx, the energy generated by performer Helena- Joyce Wright is picked up by third grade teacher Jahira Flores (to Helena’s left) and imitated by her students.

Performing Arts Residencies 

Participants will learn a sequence of fast-paced performing arts activities— side by side with their students. Our field-tested model for Collateral Professional Development requires no additional out-of-classroom PD time for teachers. At the end of a 6- 8 week residency period, the teachers will direct performance activities that seamlessly integrate acting and movement skills into their every day ELA and Math lessons.

4 Residencies Modeling Arts Integration for ELA and Math

 1 Residency =

3 Classes  +  4 Assemblies


5 Classroom Coaching Sessions

We use interactive assemblies for large-group instruction— part Literacy Lesson, part Game Show. Students and their teachers typically perform, compete, cooperate, and carry off linguistic stunts together. The program provides three instructional assemblies and one performance assembly. The teachers follow-up the assembly activities in their classrooms, assisted by our text, The ELA + Drama TOOLBOX, where each exercise is clearly described. To support the teachers as they acquire these new directing skills, and to establish high standards for student performance— an Arts Integration Specialist will visit each participating class for five classroom coaching sessions.

A Team of Arts Integration Specialists

Experienced teaching artists from the L.A. Career Center at the Actors Fund have been especially trained and certified as Arts Integration Specialists. They will coach the performance skills that teachers identify as the most practical for helping their students achieve academic success.

“Educate the Whole Child has brought JOY into the curriculum. What better way to demonstrate understanding a text than by acting it out?” 
Lisa Manfredonia, Principal PS 62, Bronx, NY 1

Residency #1

Bringing Read Aloud Stories to Life

Using tableaux (statue) scenes to study story elements and provoke comprehension.


Residency #2

Directing Students to Perform Poetry and Spoken Word

Employing vocal performance skills to help students gain agency with their voices 


Residency #3

Writing By Rhyme and Reason

Scaffolding rhythm and rhyme to teach sentence structure and paragraphing

I N   D E V E L O P M E N T

Residency #4

Teaching Math Through Movement

A pilot currently in development to teach number facts and multiplication tables using choreography



One Response to “Professional Development Services for Arts Integration”

  1. mrkatzoff says:

    For more information contact
    Howard Katzoff
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